Big Finish Folly, Part 85 – Project Twilight, by Cavan Scott & Mark Wright
Sarf Lundun. Gangsters, mobsters, vampires and a bloke wearing polycarbide armour. The Doctor is up to his throat in trouble this time… Read the rest of this entry
This is not a weekend for continuity. This is a weekend for celebrating 50 years of what is almost certainly the best TV show (and not forgetting also: books, feature films, audio productions, comic strips, stage plays – the list goes ever on) ever created. And for those who would rather point out the long hiatus between 1989 and 2005, I say again – books, feature films, audio productions, comic strips, stage plays – Doctor Who may have been off-screen for 16 years, but never once has it been dead.
Because Big Finish Folly is dedicated to the continuing audio adventures of Doctors 5-8, it makes a fair degree of sense for me to focus on Big Finish’s epic multi-Doctor celebration story – The Light At The End. Eight Doctors. The Master. More companions than you can shake a stick at. And a story full of twists, turns and perils. Read on below, but be warned – here be spoilers… Read the rest of this entry
Big Finish Folly, Part 84 – Bloodtide, by Jonathan Morris
The Galapagos Islands: home to some of Earth’s most curious species of wildlife, as well as a more modern penal colony. The Doctor brings Evelyn here to meet a young natural philosopher who is beginning to form some rather unsettling theories about how mankind found its place at the top of the food chain. But something has stirred beneath the inhospitable islands – a colony of Silurians, a race older than humanity itself, has awoken and intends to put the whippersnappers back in their proper place. Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection through modification may only be a small part of the truth. And the survival of the fittest has never been more apt… Read the rest of this entry
Big Finish, Part 83 – The Apocalypse Element, by Stephen Cole
At a conference on Archetryx between major temporal powers, the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn discover that Romana has been missing for twenty years and that the Daleks’ newest weapon — the Apocalypse Element — threatens not only the Time Lords but the entire galaxy. This time, genocide is only the beginning… Read the rest of this entry
It’s been a strange few weeks, though overwhelmingly positive in nature. New employer, new routines – and one of the biggest of those changes is that Christmas is no longer a bogeyman of stress and horror. From a distance, I can actually enjoy the time of year and, wonder of wonders, keep writing through it. If anything, Christmas week is going to be wonderfully quiet. I love it.
So, while I’m not indulging in NaNoWriMo quantities of wordcounts, I’ve certainly upped the pace somewhat. A whole arc of Johnny Silver stories is planned out, though I still have no idea how to market the adventures of a former South Yorkshire superhero in novella format; the first full adventure is completed, with the second already at 2.5k after only two days of writing; and a short introduction to the Forgemaster himself is out on submission with an upcoming and rather fun micropress. You wouldn’t have found me able to work like this in previous years.
Malessar’s Curse is still doing the rounds too – and though it didn’t find a home at A Certain Excellent Publisher, it certainly fought till the final bell, and I’ve received wonderful feedback from that Publisher. For a first novel-length submission, I’m calling that a definite win. (And I shouldn’t have to mention that Curse is already back out on query rounds – can’t stop the signal, friends).
Amazingly, the car even passed its MOT – held together by patches of rust as it is, I was expecting it to expire within sight of the garage.
Perhaps the only downside, craft-wise, is that ED4 has found itself pushed to the sidelines once more in favour of Johnny Silver, but while I’m enjoying myself, I’m not complaining.